Dublin, London & Edinburgh
There’s a wild beauty to the British Isles that has never been tamed. It’s waiting for you on comprehensive tour of Dublin, London, and Edinburgh. Explore the streets of these perennially vibrant cities, and indulge in the many creature comforts of the warm and inviting Irish, Scottish, and English cultures.
The British Isles are the land of literature and legend. Grab a pint of Guinness and follow the footsteps of James Joyce in Dublin. Immerse yourself in fast-paced, cosmopolitan London, where English history lives on alongside the bustling present. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s magical capital city, the wild beauty of the Scottish Lowlands will move your spirit. Experience the distinct cultures of England, Ireland, and Scotland, and let these ruggedly beautiful isles welcome you home.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Friendly, knowledgeable local host at each destination
- Meals included
- First-class travel on Express train between London and Edinburgh
- 9 nights in carefully selected, premier hotels
- Guided sightseeing tours in Dublin, London, & Edinburgh
- Optional additional excursions
Day 1 - Depart USA to Dublin
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost.)
Day 2 - Dublin
Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, check in and meet your Local Host, who will help you maximize your time in the “Fair City.”
Day 3 - Dublin
Your morning guided sightseeing and orientation tour takes you past St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, along elegant Georgian squares, and statue-lined O'Connell Street. Look out for the effigy of Oscar Wilde, reclining on a huge granite stone and seemingly without a care in the world; or Molly Malone, commemorating the young woman featured in the local ballad Cockles and Mussels. Finally, visit the Old Library at Trinity College, and see the famous 1,200-year-old Book of Kells. It is testimony to Dublin's literary tradition, dating back over a thousand years, when monks would transcribe the Bible into beautiful manuscripts.
Note: Dublin sightseeing might take place on Day 2.
Day 4 - Dublin
Your Local Host will have some interesting suggestions for your leisure day. Why not let yourself be transported back in time to 7000 BC and visit the National Museum of Ireland with its permanent exhibition on prehistoric Ireland? Stroll through the Iveagh Gardens, shop along Grafton Street or visit the Temple Bar Area and immerse yourself in Dublin’s cultural quarter.
Day 5 - Dublin to London, England
Transfer to the airport and travel to London by air* on selected flights. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, check in and begin to get acquainted with this cosmopolitan city.
Day 6 - London
This morning’s guided sightseeing tour includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The remainder of the day is free to explore London at leisure.
Day 7 - London
You have a full day to enjoy the very best of London as you like. Your Local Host will have recommendations based on your interests. You may wish to explore one of the Tate Galleries; stroll through Covent Garden, the famous glass-covered market with fashionable boutiques, cafes and arts and crafts stalls; or perhaps visit the Royal Observatory, where you can stand on the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line and uncover the history of time and astronomy.
Day 8 - London to Edinburgh, Scotland
Transfer to the train station and board your Express Train for the first-class journey to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, check in and begin to explore the city.
Day 9 - Edinburgh
Your morning guided orientation tour introduces you to the 200-year-old elegant “New Town” with its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. In the “Old Town,” follow the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of a rocky crag, the remnants of an extinct volcano. Tour the castle and admire the “Honours of Scotland,” the oldest set of crown jewels in the British Isles and first used for the coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1543.
Note: Edinburgh sightseeing might take place on Day 8.
Day 10 - Edinburgh
Today is free to experience Edinburgh as you wish. You could discover the Royal Yacht Britannia, once home to Her Majesty the Queen, and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Or, climb Calton Hill for one of the best views over the city. Visit Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence in Scotland and once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, or explore Scotland’s whisky history on a tour that showcases the whisky-making process. Ask your Local Host for recommendations on how to make the most of your free day in Edinburgh.
Day 11 - Edinburgh
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
The Gibson, Dublin
The Gibson does sleeping, meeting, dining, imbibing, gigging, touring, wedding and relaxing really really well. They mix all these things with a fresh, energetic, slightly off center approach and know it works. Hoover exhibitions, supporting local artists, prohibition events, urban weddings and the odd celebrity are elements of what makes them different to the normal Dublin Hotel. You will find the staff friendly, responsive and happy.
Millennium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
G&V Royal Mile, Edinburgh
The G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a stunning, contemporary landmark on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of the Scottish capital, offering iconic design characterised by the rich Scottish heritage. With special, stand out touches of emphatic contrasts and sublime comfort in all 136 guest rooms and suites. With Nespresso machines, i-pod docks, LCD TV's, free high speed Internet and many other truly desirable, modern indulgences. With the award-winning Cucina Italian restaurant, vibrant Bar G&V, and relaxing Spa.
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Dates & Prices
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|17th July 2019||$2,467||Please call for availability.|
|24th July 2019||$2,529||Please call for availability.|
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*Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $189. Required intra-vacation air segment: Dublin/London. Air prices were effective on September 12, 2018 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.